By Sarah D. Pinsonnault
In order to obtain an order suspending the execution of a Court of Appeal judgment pending appeal to the Supreme Court of Canada, the petitioner must prove, pursuant to article 522.1 of the Civil Code of Procedure, that: (1°) the grounds of appeal to the Supreme Court are serious; (2°) the petitioner will suffer an irreparable prejudice if the suspension is not ordered; and (3°) the balance of inconveniences weighs in his favour. In Régie de l'assurance maladie du Québec c. Pharmaprix inc., 2014 QCCA 1488, Justice Doyon, J.C.A. was of the opinion that the argument raised by the Petitioners, that being the alleged lack of jurisdiction of the appellate judge who rendered the decision in Pharmaprix inc. c. Régie de l'assurance maladie du Québec, 2014 QCCA 1288 (“First Appeal Judgment”), raised a serious question that had a bearing on the evaluation of the remaining criteria set forth in art. 522.1 C.C.P.